Did you know that the Chinese New Year is January 28, 2017? This year is the year of the rooster. Chinese New Year is actually a very family-focused holiday.

Nine Asian countries celebrate Chinese New Year’s which is actually 1/5 of the world’s population.

Families celebrate by getting together and having a nice dinner, giving red envelopes, fire crackers and decorations.

Historically the main reasons for celebrating the New Year were:

  • To celebrate a year of hard work, have a good rest, and relax with family
  • To wish for a lucky and prosperous coming year

To learn more about Chinese culture it’s important to learn about Chinese New Year since this is a huge holiday in China.

Books are a great way to learn about cultures. Our kids were actually able to pick up a couple of Chinese characters from some of the books we have. It helps that certain characters are representative of the thing they describe.

So in preparation for this coming Chinese New Year’s here are 10 books that will help you teach your kids about this fun holiday:

Bonus: You can actually get all of these books for free on the Epic! app. We use this app all the time, it’s free for the first month and then only $4.99 a month for up to four kids. Essentially a Netflix of books for kids with thousands of books on it.

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  1. The Year of the Rooster

    When others spot the mythical phoenix, Ray tries to locate this legendary creature and learns about himself during the journey.

2. Chinese New Year

Lively illustrations and informative text teach readers about the history and pastimes associated with the Chinese New Year.

3. Holidays: Chinese New Year

In Chinese New Year, early readers will learn about this Chinese holiday and the ways people celebrate it.

4. It’s Chinese New Year!

Carefully leveled text and fresh, vibrant photos engage young readers in learning about the traditions and celebrations of Chinese New Year.

5. Chinese New Year

Everyone is hoping they will be lucky during Chinese New Year. It is all about new things: new gifts, new times with friends, and a new you.

6. Mooncakes

A young girl shares the special celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival with her parents, who tell her ancient tales.

7. D is for Dancing Dragon

Winding its way like a long dragon through 4,000 miles of mountains, desert, and grasslands.

8. Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.

9. Sweet Orange Tree

10. King Boar

Bonus: Here are some great crafts and free printables for kids to get started on the celebrations.

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